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City thanks council members for service


December 12, 2019

Annie Wooden

SHOWING APPRECIATION - Mayor Jerry Lacy presented a canvas print to council member Tom Eggensperger at the Monday meeting. Eggensperger was a member of the Thompson Falls City Council for 32 years.

The Thompson Falls City Council met for their last time in 2019 on Monday, and it was the final meeting for council members Dennis Newman and Tom Eggensperger. Mayor Jerry Lacy presented each with a canvas print of the city and thanked them for their years of service.

"Tom, I feel like you mentored me and I appreciate the advice and everything you've done for the city," council member Raoul Ribeiro told Eggensperger.

Prior to the meeting, Carrie Gardner with Great West Engineering presented updated plans for the city's wastewater project. She explained that the wastewater treatment plant upgrades will add additional treatment to wastewater, including UV disinfection and treatment for ammonia, which the city is not doing right now.

The next step in the project is a geotechnical evaluation of phases 1 and 2 of the project. This includes all properties west of Grove Street, north of the railroad tracks, in Thompson Falls. The evaluation will include boring about 40 holes 4-10 feet deep in the area to pinpoint where rock material is, Gardner said. From there, a final design will be presented to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. Gardner said the project will go out to bid for contractors in the spring, with construction slated to begin in June 2020. The project is set to be up and running by December 2021, Gardner added.

The city council also on Monday voted to support the Thompson Falls public art initiative by allowing artwork to be installed on the north end of the Wild Goose Landing bathroom building, which faces Highway 200. Jen Kreiner with Sanders County Community Development Corporation and artist Angelo Aldrete addressed the council with the proposed site and said they are working with school art teacher Micah Grossberg on the project.

Mayor Lacy also reported Monday that the project to repair and upgrade the Thompson Falls City Pool has completed.

With Newman and Eggensperger not running for re-election this year, Mayor Lacy swore in Katherine Maudrone and Ruth Cheney to the respective open council seats. Maudrone, Cheney and Ribeiro were the only candidates to file for the open seats, so a ballot election was not held. Eggensperger also delivered the oath of office to Lacy, who was re-elected this fall.

The next city council meeting will be Monday, January 13, at 6 p.m. at City Hall.


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